Computer briefs: BenQ, Via

Computer briefs: BenQ, Via

BenQ shows off LCD TVs

BenQ is gearing up for entry into the liquid crystal display TV market later this year, displaying two prototype TV sets at the Computex Taipei 2002 exhibition. The company had two models on display: a 15-inch model and a 20-inch model. Both sets support HDTV and SRS Surround Sound. BenQ plans to begin shipping the products in August or September, said Greg Lin, a marketing specialist at the company's Digital Display unit. Pricing has not yet been finalised, he said.

Via chips up

Via Technologies gave a glimpse of its chipset roadmap for the coming 12 months at the Computex show in Taipei. The chipmaker plans a P4 chipset with two DDR channels in the third quarter. A DDR-II version is slated for the fourth quarter. Via is also developing a dual-processor chipset for the Xeon microprocessor from Intel. The company also unveiled its Envy24HT audio chip at the show. The new controller can handle sample rates up to 192KHz and provides 24-bit resolution, stepping firmly on the toes of Creative Technology's Audigy. Via won't actually make cards employing the controller, but it's working with some big names to bring it to the market.

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